Arnold Schwarzenegger has earned a lot in his career, as he is one of the most renowned and influential actors in the industry, over the year the Austrian Oak has done some questionable roles in movies that were a disaster. One of those movies is Batman and Robin which was directed by George Clooney and the movie was a sequel to Batman Forever.
The film was heavily criticized by fans and critics and it is considered to be one of the worst superhero movies ever made because it had a weak plot, underwhelming acting the cast, and the film’s depiction of female characters. George Clooney was unhappy because he had to take all the hate for the performance of the film while Schwarzenegger earned significantly more than him.
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How Much Did Arnold Schwarzenegger Earn in Batman and Robin?
During The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast, George Clooney recalled his time shooting Batman and Robin, the actor played the role of Batman, and said that Arnold Schwarzenegger was paid $25 million for his role which was 20 times more than what he was paid, and he mentioned that they “never even worked together,” but he had to take all the heat.
“Schwarzenegger was paid, I think, $25 million for that, which was like 20 times more than I was paid for it, and, you know, we never even worked together! We worked together one day. But I took all the heat.”
The actor acknowledged the fact that he was not a suitable candidate to play the role of Batman, and the film was doomed from the beginning and had to change his acting method because people held him responsible for the failure of the film.
“Now, fair deal; I was playing Batman and I wasn’t good in it, and it wasn’t a good film, but what I learned from that failure was, I had to rethink how I was working. Because now I wasn’t just an actor getting a role, I was being held responsible for the film itself.”
Not only did the Terminator actor receive $25 million for his role but also had exclusive perks in his contract, the actor earned $25 million with only 25 days of work on the set. One of the insiders stated that the actor only worked 12 hours a day which started from the moment he sat on his makeup chair and this limited how long the actor would work in the film.
“He also had a twelve-hour workday policy built into his contract, which when combined with his time spent in the make-up chair and getting suited up, limited how long the filmmakers could shoot with him.”
Even though the film did not perform well at the Box Office it is safe to say that Arnold Schwarzenegger had a great time shooting for Batman and Robin.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Opinion on the Underwhelming Performance of Batman and Robin
Even though the film did poorly, Arnold Schwarzenegger does not regret it as he stated that the studio was desperate to cast him, and he does not regret much about the movies that failed or weren’t as good as they seemed initially.
“In most cases I don’t regret the movies that failed or were not as good. It’s always easy to be smug in hindsight, right?”
The Twins actor hasn’t talked much about Batman and Robin, however, he did speak about his experience and stated the role of Mr. Freezer seemed interesting, hence he chose to be a part of the film.
“I don’t regret it at all. I felt that the character was interesting and two movies before that one Joel Schumacher was at his height. So the decision-making process was not off. At the same time I was doing Eraser over there and Warner Bros. begged me to do the movie.”
Even though the film has been criticized for its poor performance, the movie has received a following because of its over-the-top style, something a lot of viewers would love to watch but would be too ashamed to admit.
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Batman and Robin can be streamed on Prime Video.
Source: Fox Business